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Updated 25 February 2021

Travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi is a pretty straightforward affair. However, both residents and tourists wishing to do so must familiarize themselves with the COVID test requirements and comply with the prevailing travel restrictions. 

Here is everything you need to know about travelling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi right now.

For residents

If travelling to Abu Dhabi by land, travellers must provide a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours or a negative DPI test result within 24 hours. The day of arrival into Abu Dhabi is counted as day 1.

Arriving passengers

If a traveller arrives in Dubai and continues the journey straight to Abu Dhabi, they must possess a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours and take a COVID‑19 PCR test at the border. Travellers from green countries must take another COVID‑19 PCR test on day 6, without the need to quarantine. 

Those arriving from countries outside of the green list must provide a COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival and on day 8, they will also be required to serve a 10 day quarantine period. The quarantine may be served at home, hotel, or in accommodation provided by the health authorities.

Travelling from other Emirates to Abu Dhabi

At the border, travellers must present their negative COVID‑19 PCR test results issued within 48 hours or negative laser DPI blood test results issued within 24 hours. DPI tests cannot be used to enter Abu Dhabi consecutive times. Residents and visitors will need to undergo additional tests in AUH based on their period of stay and type of test conducted. 

For those entering Abu Dhabi using a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result, they must take another COVID‑19 PCR test on day 4 and additionally on day 8, if staying for 8 days or more. If a negative DPI test result was used for entry, then a COVID‑19 PCR test must be conducted on day 3 of entry and on day 7, if the stay is for 7 days or more.

Exemption

Volunteers of the COVID‑19 vaccine trials and those taking the vaccine under the national vaccination programs with active icons (Letter E or Gold Star) on the Alhosn app are exempted from these measures and are authorized to use emergency vehicle lanes for a smooth journey. All are required to adhere to their respective protocols.

These tests are a legal requirement. Find out where the approved laboratories in Dubai and take the tests before departing for Abu Dhabi.

If you are attending the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi Please ensure to check the travel and health protocols specific to IDEX participants on the following link.

For tourists

There are strict rules for travelling into Abu Dhabi by road. Those intending to enter Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours or a negative DPI test result within 24 hours. The day of arrival into Abu Dhabi is counted as day 1.

If a traveller arrives in Dubai and continues the journey straight to Abu Dhabi, they must possess a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours and take a COVID‑19 PCR test at the border. Travellers from green countries must take another COVID‑19 PCR test on day 6, without the need to quarantine. 

Those arriving from countries outside of the green list must provide a COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival and on day 8, they will also be required to serve a 10 day quarantine period. The quarantine may be served at home, hotel, or in accommodation provided by the health authorities.

Travelling from other Emirates to Abu Dhabi

At the border, travellers must present their negative COVID‑19 PCR test results issued within 48 hours or negative laser DPI blood test results issued within 24 hours. DPI tests cannot be used to enter Abu Dhabi consecutive times. Residents and visitors will need to undergo additional tests in AUH based on their period of stay and type of test conducted. 

For those entering Abu Dhabi using a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result, they must take another COVID‑19 PCR test on day 4 and additionally on day 8, if staying for 8 days or more. If a negative DPI test result was used for entry, then a COVID‑19 PCR test must be conducted on day 3 of entry and on day 7, if the stay is for 7 days or more.

Exemption

Volunteers of the COVID‑19 vaccine trials and those taking the vaccine under the national vaccination programs with active icons (Letter E or Gold Star) on the Alhosn app are exempted from these measures and are authorized to use emergency vehicle lanes for a smooth journey. All are required to adhere to their respective protocols.

These tests are a legal requirement. Find out where the approved laboratories in Dubai and take the tests before departing for Abu Dhabi.

If you are attending the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. Please ensure to check the travel and health protocols specific to IDEX participants on the following link.